iOS 16

Personal is powerful.

iOS 16 enhances iPhone with all-new personalisation features, deeper intelligence and more seamless ways to communicate and share.

Lock Screen

Reimagined Lock Screen

Make iPhone your own with all-new ways to personalise your Lock Screen. Showcase favourite photos, customise font styles and display a set of widgets to get information at a glance.

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Widgets

Widgets on the Lock Screen let you quickly glance at data like the weather, calendar events, date, time zones, alarms, battery level, Activity ring progress and more from your favourite apps.

Create multiple Lock Screens

You can now create different Lock Screens, each with a unique backdrop and style, and easily switch between them. Browse a gallery of wallpapers with suggested photos and themed collections for inspiration.

Notifications

View notifications on the Lock Screen in an expanded list view, stacked view or hidden view. And notifications appear at the bottom of the screen, so they stay out of the way.

Live Activities

Live Activities make it easier to stay on top of things that are happening in real time, right from your Lock Screen. So you can track the progress of your food delivery or use the Now Playing controls without unlocking your device.

Focus

Easily set up a Focus

A new streamlined setup for Focus lets you select the apps and people you want to receive notifications from by either allowing them or silencing them. Connect your Lock Screen to your Focus so the look and feel of your iPhone match how you want to use it in the moment. With a swipe, you can go from your Personal Focus to your Work Focus with widgets showing upcoming meetings and to-do lists.

Focus filters

Filter out distracting content in your everyday apps.

Photos

iCloud Shared Photo Library

The best way to share photos with your family.

Smart ways to share

When you set up or join a Shared Photo Library, you can choose to contribute past photos based on a start date or the people in the photos. Once the shared library is set up, you can share photos instantly right from Camera, choose to share automatically when other shared library members are nearby and get smart suggestions for adding photos to the shared library in For You.

Edits and changes sync everywhere

Everyone has equal permissions for adding, editing and deleting photos in the shared library. Favourites, captions and keywords sync too, so if one person organises the collection, everyone benefits.

Messages

Everyday messaging enhanced

You can now edit a message you just sent or unsend a recent message altogether. And you can mark a message as unread if you can’t respond in the moment and want to come back to it later.1

SharePlay via Messages

Watch the latest episode of your favourite show or listen to a new song with friends while chatting about it in Messages.2 Shared playback controls ensure that you’re always synced up.

Richer collaboration

Share notes, presentations, reminders, Safari Tab Groups and more in Messages to start collaborating instantly. See updates on shared projects in the thread and easily get in touch with your collaborators right from the app you’re working in.

Mail

New mailbox features

Undo send.
Schedule send.
Follow up.
Add rich links.

Safari and Passkeys

Sign in more safely with passkeys

Passkeys introduce a more secure and easier way to sign in.

Shared Tab Groups

Share tabs and bookmarks, send messages and start FaceTime right from Safari. Whether you’re planning a trip with friends or shopping for a couch with your partner, you can share all the tabs in one place. And when they find something great, they can add tabs too.

Intelligence

Lift subject from background

You can easily lift the subject from an image or isolate the subject by removing the background. Available in Photos, Screenshot, Quick Look, Safari and more.5

Live Text for video

Pause a video on any frame that contains text to use familiar interactions like copy, translate, look up, share and more.6

Live Text quick actions

Now it’s even easier to call phone numbers, visit websites, convert currencies, translate languages and more in photos, videos and Camera.6

Shortcuts with zero setup

Run shortcuts with Siri as soon as you install an app. No setup required.7

Dictation

Smarter Dictation

Automatic punctuation. And say it
with emoji.

Use Dictation and the keyboard together

Move seamlessly between voice and touch to enter text. Type with the keyboard, tap in the text field, move the cursor and insert QuickType suggestions, all without needing to stop Dictation.10

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Home

Reimagined Home app

The Home app is rebuilt from the ground up to be even more efficient and reliable.12 Navigate all your smart home accessories in the redesigned Home tab. New categories for climate, lights, security and more let you access relevant accessories with just a tap. And a multi-camera view puts your smart home cameras front and centre.

Matter support

Choose and connect even more smart home accessories with Matter compatibility.

Health app updates

The new Medications feature in the Health app helps you manage and track the medications you take.14 And to help you stay connected on what matters most, you can now send loved ones an invitation to share their information stored in the Health app.

Fitness app for iPhone

The Fitness app can help you track and meet your fitness goals, even if you don’t have an Apple Watch. Now, using iPhone motion sensors, your steps, distance and third‑party workouts will give you an estimate of your calories to contribute to your daily move goal.

Family Sharing

Manage child accounts with ease

Easily create accounts for children with the right parental controls, right from the start. Set your preferences for age-appropriate media, Screen Time, location sharing and more. Screen Time requests from your kids now appear in Messages, so it’s easy to approve or decline a request.

Set up a new device for a child

Use Quick Start and your device to easily set up a new iPhone or iPad for your child with all the appropriate parental controls already in place.

Family Checklist

Get helpful tips and suggestions to get the most out of Family Sharing, like updating children’s settings as they get older, turning on location sharing or reminding you that you can share your iCloud+ subscription with everyone.

CarPlay

Next generation of CarPlay

The next generation of CarPlay brings a fully integrated, immersive iPhone experience to your vehicle.

Vehicle announcements coming in late 2023

Privacy and Security

Rapid Security Response

Security improvements. Applied faster than ever.

Safety Check

Safety Check helps people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others. Safety Check resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.

Control Apple Watch with iPhone

Use Switch Control, Voice Control or any other assistive feature on iPhone to control your Apple Watch.

Door Detection

Navigate the final few feet to your destination by locating a door, identifying how far away it is and finding out how to open it. Door Detection also reads aloud important details like room numbers and wheelchair accessible symbols.15

Buddy controller

Team up with a friend or family member while gaming.

And so much more.

Weather.

Tap forecast modules for details about air quality, local forecasts, and more. Get hourly forecasts for the next 10 days and receive government notifications about severe weather events like tornadoes, winter storms, flash floods, and more.

Freeform.

Freeform is a productivity app where you and your collaborators can bring ideas to life. Jot down notes, share files and insert web links, documents, video and audio.

Coming later this year

Apple TV.

Cross-device connectivity in tvOS 16 unlocks new, connected experiences between Apple TV, Apple Watch and iPhone. Connect your nearby devices and make TV feel more personal than ever.

Spotlight.

Access Spotlight directly from the Home Screen and get expanded rich results, intelligent suggestions and even more image results from apps like Messages, Notes and Files. You can also take actions like starting a timer or running a shortcut right from Spotlight.16

Game Center.

See your friends’ play activity and achievements in the redesigned dashboard or in your Contacts app. SharePlay integration in Game Center multiplayer games means you and a friend can jump into a game together while on a FaceTime call.

Handoff in FaceTime.

Easily switch devices during a FaceTime call without missing a beat. Move your call from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad with just a tap and your connected bluetooth headset switches over too.

Reminders.

Save, create or share lists as templates to reuse them for routines, packing lists and more. You can also pin your favourite lists for easy access, and the Today and Scheduled Lists now group items by time and date, making it easier to view and add reminders. And an all-new Completed List lets you view all of your completed reminders in one place, along with details like the time they were completed.

Notes.

Take a Quick Note in any app on your iPhone from the share menu. Lock a note using just your device passcode, eliminating the need to remember a separate password. New customisable filters in Smart Folders enable organisation based on creation date, attachments, checklists and more.

Stocks.

Create multiple watchlists to easily organise the tickers you follow. Group symbols by any criteria you choose, such as sector, asset type, ownership status and more. Add upcoming company earnings reports to your calendar. And get even more information at a glance with new widget options.

Memoji.

Express yourself with new Memoji stickers and customisation options like nose shapes, headwear and hairstyles that represent more natural hair textures and curl patterns. And new Memoji contact sticker poses bring even more personality to your Contacts app.

Translate.

Translate text around you using the camera in the Translate app. Pause the view to get translations overlaid on text in a photo and zoom in to get a closer look, or translate text in photos from your Photos library.

See the full list of what’s new in iOS 16.

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iOS 16 is compatible with these devices.

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  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

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